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Jeremy Corbyn given huge lead in new poll of Labour leadership voters

A YouGov poll for the Times confirms figures seen by the New Statesman - the veteran left-winger is far ahead in overall votes, and would win a run-off with Andy Burnham.

Jeremy Corbyn is far ahead of his rivals in the Labour leadership election, a YouGov poll for the Times has revealed. 

The veteran leftwinger, who only scraped onto the ballot paper in the final few minutes before close of nominations, tops the poll in the first round with 43 per cent of the vote.  

In the first round, Andy Burnham is in second with 26 per cent of the vote. Yvette Cooper is in third with 20 per cent. And Liz Kendall is in fourth place with 11 per cent of the vote. After transfers, he defeats Burnham, considered by many to be the frontrunner, by 53 per cent to 47 per cent.  

YouGov, who accurately called the result of the last Labour leadership election, surveyed party members, affliated supporters, and registered trade unionists to compile the poll, which echoes figures seen by the New Statesman last week. In a second survey by YouGov, Tom Watson emerges as the winner in the deputy race, winning in the first round before going on to triumph overall.

Stephen Bush is special correspondent at the New Statesman. His daily briefing, Morning Call, provides a quick and essential guide to British politics.

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A man who accused a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse runs for Ukip leader

Another high-quality candidate.

John Rees-Evans, the Ukip candidate for Cardiff South and Penarth in the 2015 general election, is the latest to enter the Ukip leadership contest. And just as your mole thought bigotbait factory Breitbart’s Raheem Kassam was the fruitiest character in the running.

Rees-Evans, a Wales-based Ukipper who used to be in the army, is best-known for a bizarre story he told protesters outside his office in 2014. In which he accused a gay donkey of trying to rape his horse.

Having been asked to respond to a comment by a fellow party member – Julia Gasper – claiming “some homosexuals prefer sex with animals”, Rees-Evans replied:

“Actually, I’ve witnessed that. Yes! I was personally quite amazed. I’ve got a horse and it was there in the field. My horse is a stallion, right. And a donkey came up, which was male, and I’m afraid tried to rape my horse . . .

“So in this case, it’s obviously correct because the homosexual donkey tried to with an animal. But I don’t think that’s what it meant, it’s just a bizarre coincidence.”

Since making his bid for Ukip’s leadership, Rees-Evans has had to take back his controversial claim about the gay donkey on the BBC’s Daily Politics.

He said:

“It was a bit of playful banter with a mischievous activist, OK? . . . I concede it was a mistake to be playful with an activist in the street. The point is I’m not a politician. The guy was just asking me questions in the street. It was an error of judgement. I was very early coming into politics and I’m sorry if I offended anyone by doing that but please can we move on?”


Rees-Evans also made headlines by telling VICE that he persuaded IKEA staff to let him take a gun into a branch of IKEA in Bulgaria last year to protect him in the event of a terrorist siege.

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